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Bridges, William H., IV

  • Associate Professor of Japanese

Interests: Modern Japanese language, literature, and culture; Race and ethnicity in modern Japanese literature and culture; Contemporary Japanese popular culture, especially anime; 20th-century African American literature; Literary theory, especially African American literary theory and the theory of the novel; Translation (theory and practice); Rhetoric and composition; Digital Humanities

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Kristin Doughty

Doughty, Kristin

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Interests: political and legal anthropology; politics of reconciliation; transitional justice; violence and conflict; memory; politics of energy; Africa; Rwanda

Joshua Dubler

Dubler, Joshua

  • Associate Professor of Religion
  • Director, Rochester Education Justice Initiative

Interests: Religion in America

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Hunter, Cory

  • Assistant Professor of Music, Department of Music, College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
    Assistant Professor of Musicology, Eastman School of Music

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Inikori, Joseph E.

  • Professor of History

Interests: Atlantic World Economic History

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Cilas Kemedjio

Kemedjio, Cilas

  • Professor of French

Interests: Francophone Caribbean and African literary and cultural studies; postcolonial theory; transnational black studies; humanitarianism

Jennifer Kyker

Kyker, Jennifer

  • Associate Professor of Music, Department of Music, College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering
    Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Eastman School of Music

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Mandala, Elias C.

  • Professor of History

Interests: Southern Africa since the 19th Century; Social History

Kathryn Mariner

Mariner, Kathryn

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Interests: intimacy and social inequality; politics of race, class and gender; temporality; kinship and adoption; care; social work; space and place; visual anthropology; United States

Marshall, Cona

  • Assistant Professor of American Religions

Interests: Womanism, Black feminism, the Black church (as an institution), and African American public religious rhetoric

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McCune, Jeffrey Q., Jr.

  • Associate Professor of African-American Literature and Culture
  • Director, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies
John Michael

Michael, John

  • John Hall Deane Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Director of American Studies

Interests: American literature; critical theory; cultural studies

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Omelsky, Matthew

  • Assistant Professor of English

Interests: Global black cultural studies; African and Caribbean literatures; film and digital media; time and phenomenology; speculative fiction; critical theory.

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Saab, A. Joan

  • Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

Interests: Twentieth-century American cultural history; media and culture; urban and community studies; popular culture; cultural studies; aesthetic categories and values

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Sierra Silva, Pablo M.

  • Associate Professor of History

Interests: African Diaspora, Latin American and Atlantic History

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Jeffrey Tucker

Tucker, Jeffrey Allen

  • Associate Professor of English
  • Director, Undergraduate Studies

Interests: African-American literature; 20th-century American literature; science fiction

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Sharon Willis

Willis, Sharon

  • Professor, Art and Art History/Visual and Cultural Studies

Interests: Film history and theory; visual and cultural studies; women's studies and feminist theory; comparative literature and critical theory; French cinema; 19th and 20th century French literature